In chapter seven of Guide to the Grateful Way of Life, we explore the theme, Grateful Adversity.
At this point in our gratitude training, our practice starts to spice up.
We explore how we can apply our mind of gratitude to the challenging situations in our life.
Each day we explore a slightly different theme.
Day 43 – Adversity: Creative, positive perspectives
Day 44 – Problem: Transforming our view
Day 45 – Challenges: Looking with wisdom
Day 46 – Patience: Enjoying this art
Day 47 – Sickness: Healing our body
Day 48 – Rudeness: Â Moving with calm
Day 49 – Teachers: Learning from experience
I explain to those who are taking the course that at this point in their training, they need to be suitable acclimatised.
This ease with more advance gratitude practices arises from training thoroughly in the guided meditations in previous chapters.
If we are presented with these practices without having trained, they would seem almost impossible, and we may even have difficulty breathing at the thought of developing gratitude for those who have harmed us.
In the same way that a climber will gradually acclimatise to the altitude as they ascend a mountain, so we need to become familiar with the essential gratitude practices before heading into the more challenging training.
In the introduction to grateful adversity, I say:
Please note that this chapter will address some of the more challenging themes in human life; read with care. If you don’t feel ready to work through these pages, return to the previous training to increase your resilience.
We could see each week of the training as ascending 1000 metres up a mountain. If this is done gradually and carefully, by the time we reach chapter 7, the equivalent of 7000m, we can breathe are primed and ready to enjoy the experience, exhilaration, and view.
If we attempt to go straight to 7000m from sea level, it will be a challenge with potential misunderstanding and discouragement arising.
Step by step if we work through the gratitude practices, we can come to enjoy the heights of higher, more challenging meditations.